Code: DCMDS Data Center CISCO Level: CCNP DC Difficulty: Advanced

Configuring Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches

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The DCMDS v2.0 course is a five-day training course that is designed as a comprehensive hands-on experience to familiarize data center systems engineers, field engineers, architects and
partners who implement storage-networking solutions with the MDS 9000 Series switch platform. Upon finishing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the MDS 9000 Series switch platform, NX-OS, and the features of Prime DCNM
  • Explain the techniques and information that will enable you to perform the initial software configuration of a MDS 9000 Series switch, upgrade the system software, and enable licensing
  • Explain the configurations involved in building a Fibre Channel SAN fabric including interfaces, VSANs, domains, port channels, device aliases, NPV, NPIV, and zones
  • Describe and configure intelligent SAN fabric services on specific MDS 9000 Series switches and the software resources that are provided
  • Describe the FCoE protocol and the use of FCoE modules on the MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Director and MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Director as a Fibre Channel forwarder in a single-hop and multihop design
  • Describe the process of configuring security features on MDS 9000 Series switches to prevent unauthorized access, intrusion, and data theft, and to preserve data integrity in an enterprise SAN environment
  • Describe the steps for basic FCIP configuration, high availability implementation, and achieving a fault tolerant SAN extension using the IVR feature

Training format

As a standard, we implement a full-time course (onsite or ILT *) in the ALEF Training Center. Upon agreement, it is possible to implement the course at the client's premises. The course can also be implemented online (vILT **) via a video conferencing platform - Cisco Webex meetings. Instructor-led virtual training is a combination of the best of a traditional classroom course and interactive training without having to leave your own office or the comfort of your home. Convince yourself of top quality transmission, video calls and effective team collaboration.


  • ILT - Instructor Led-Training * - instructor-led training in the classroom. ** vILT (Virtual Instructor-Led Training) - this is a form of distance learning, where the instructor conducts training from the classroom through an online platform to which students connect from their offices or the comfort of their home.


Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) and Fiber Channel Basic understanding of network protocols, including Ethernet and IP The knowledge that is covered in the CCNA or CCNA Data Center certification courses


  • MDS 9000 Series Switch Platform
    • Introducing MDS 9000 Series Switches
    • Implementing Integrated Management
  • System Installation and Initial Configuration
    • Performing the Initial Switch Configuration
    • Installing and Licensing NX-OS Software
  • Building a SAN Fabric
    • Using FLOGI and FCNS Databases
    • Configuring Interfaces
    • Configuring Port Channels
    • Configuring NPV and NPIV
    • Configuring VSANs
    • Managing Domains
    • Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
    • Implementing Zoning
  • Intelligent SAN Fabric Services
    • Implementing MDS Data Mobility Manager
    • Monitoring Traffic Flow
  • FCoE Implementation
    • Describing FCoE
    • Configuring FCoE on MDS 9500 and 9700 Series Multilayer Directors
  • Security Implementation
    • Improving Management Security
    • Configuring AAA Services
    • Implementing Port Security and Fabric Binding
    • Configuring FC-SP
    • Implementing Link Encryption
  • FCIP Implementation
    • Creating an FCIP Tunnel
    • Configuring FCIP High Availability
    • Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
    • Tuning FCIP Performance


All attendees receive an original of study guide.

Technical equipment

Student POD contains MDS 9148 and 9222i switches or newer and servers. Shared lab core is composed of MDS 9500 or 9700 switches and a disk array. According to starndard two students share one pod.

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Training rooms

ALEF operates with training rooms match submarine's style to unexpected, unusual while still being smart and available to work in. We have several type of rooms for small groups and up to larger rooms with modern technical equipment and supportive technologies we provide.

We also deliver the high-quality multimedia sharing for efficient, effective virtual communication on a global scale. In the Competence Center is also available Spark Board. Cisco Sparkboard integrates the most common tools needed for team collaboration in physical meeting rooms into a single elegant device. It also combines white board, video or audio conference features.

All ALEF training centres operates with testing centre that provides full acess to take an exam and get certificate provided by our vendors. ALEF provides to our customer complete management and administration.

Training rooms – Prague

Team of lecturers

Our team - consisting of more than 50 instructors - offers a full range of technological knowledge in the field of routing, switching, security, collaboration and data centers. The expertise of instructors is evidenced by a range of top-level international certifications.

The uniqueness of our lecturers lies mainly in their extensive experience in connection with each project, allowing them to respond very flexibly to any question or suggestion from students, and to pass on their practical knowledge to the participants of these courses. Thanks to the synergy of the company’s reliable operation and many years of experience, we have been very flexible in responding to the changes prepared in the Cisco field, so we can guarantee you a wide range of certified courses that enable you and your colleagues to acquire the necessary know-how for future certification tests.

In addition to the certified trainings, we offer special courses that are focused primarily on the development of the necessary configuration skills.


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